Prodigy, Havoc, Killa Black (Havoc's older brother), Big Noyd, The Twins (Gambino and Scarface), Ty Nitty, Godfather Pt. III, Ty Maxx, Yambo, Gotti, Money No, Karate Joe, Stovo, and Littles all grew up
Havoc & Prodigy started rhyming in the late 1980s when the duo met at the High School of Art and Design in New York City. Havoc took the role of producer and secondary MC, while Prodigy assumed the position of primary M.C. Originally dubbing themselves the Poetical Profits, the duo later changed its name to Mobb Deep in order to "reflect their reputation on the streets." In the group's early career, it released the single "Cop Hell." While members of the clique were only 17, the released its debut
album Juvenile Hell, which was led by the single "Peer Pressure." The album sold very poorly and was met with harsh reviews that wrote the duo off as just another hardcore group with little to distinguish them from the rest of the hip-hop world—especially with the group legal—despite production by DJ Premier and Large Professor. However, a few songs from Juvenile Hell gained a little recognition, such as "Hit It from the Back," "Locked in Spofford," and "Me and My Crew." Also in 1993, Havoc had a guest appearance in the critically acclaimed Black Moon album Enta Da Stage, on a song called "U Da Man."
Rise to success
While still at a young age, the duo catapulted itself to the top of the hardcore hip-hop scene through its straightforward narration of street life. As with their first lyrical production, Mobb Deep portrayed the struggles of living in New York City's Queensbridge Houses. Following its release, The Infamous became one of the most influential hip-hop albums of the East Coast hardcore hip-hop genre. The duo's production also was noticed as the beats were often hard- hitting and direct, a testament to Havoc, who produced the duo's tracks almost exclusively throughout their careers. Furthermore, the smash hit single "Shook Ones Pt. II" receive